Originally Posted by CrazyDogLady
Yup. A visual deterrent is all we want. We plan on trying to find a fairly young pup to socialize the crap out of it. Our dogs go pretty much everywhere with us that they can, so human friendly is essential. Just has to look tough, which is why a pit would make such a good fit
I would actually suggest adopting a young adult from a foster home with a known temperament. Many of the bull breed mix puppies in shelters come from less than reputable situations, and you can wind up with a dog, no matter how well you socialize it and raise it, with a poor temperament. Unfortunately I have seen this happen countless times and it's heartbreaking. There are SO many BYBs out there breeding pit bulls with horrible temperaments, and many of their unsold (and returned) puppies end up in shelters.
I have a good friend who is a dog trainer that this happened to. She just had to put down her pit bull mix who was 13 months old and wound up being HA. She did everything right and couldn't overcome his basic poor temperament.